From Hangover 2 to Milton's Paradise Lost
Having returned from a humid if lucrative trip to Bangkok (to shoot the smash summer comedy â€œThe Hangover Part IIâ€) with all of his digits intact, Bradley Cooper is headed to another sweltering location for his next movie â€“ and we donâ€™t mean Australia.
Mr. Cooper will portray Lucifer, the fallen angel turned ruler of Hell, in a film version of Miltonâ€™s â€œParadise Lost,â€ The Associated Press reported. The original epic, you surely recall, told the story â€œof manâ€™s first disobedience, and the fruit of that forbidden treeâ€ that was used by Satan to tempt Adam and Eve away from God, and famously sought to â€œjustify the ways of God to men.â€ While the blind Milton had to dictate his poem to secretaries, the ways of the film industry are a little different: Australian government officials announced on Wednesday that the special-effects-heavy â€œParadise Lostâ€ movie would be directed by Alex Proyas, the director of big-budget action features including â€œI, Robotâ€ and â€œKnowing,â€ and would be filmed largely at the Fox Studios in Sydney, with some financial incentives from the government of New South Wales.
â€œHad we not done this it would have been opportunity lost, not â€˜Paradise Lost,â€™â€ said Andrew Stoner, the acting premier of New South Wales, in a not particularly Miltonian turn of phrase. Casting for Adam and Eve wasnâ€™t immediately announced, but one assumes that costumes wonâ€™t be a problem.